What an interesting journey it has been, following the development of Training Day as each episode airs. It's been an up and down ride, starting out with a loud, boisterous bang, which I didn’t particularly enjoy that much, but because of a good cast and a great deal of promise, I stuck with it.
And my patience is paying off, particularly with the last few episodes. While the late Bill Paxton (Frank) is the undeniable star of the series, it has been the episodes where his generosity as an actor allowed him to step back and let his guest stars and co-stars take the spotlight. We learned of Rebecca’s (Katrina Law) troubled past and her connection to Frank in “Trigger Time” (1x03) and last week we felt sympathy for killer Jeff Kullen (guest star Brian Van Holt). This week’s solid episode, “Faultlines” follows in that practice.
When the episode starts, Frank tells his team of tip on a beach side arms deal going down, a motorcycle gang, the Black 23, is selling arms like the ones that killed Kyle’s (Justin Cornwell) original partner, Jennifer Mitchell (Lindsay McKeon). You initially think this is going to be an episode about Kyle’s need to avenge his partner’s death.
And he’s right, when the van transporting Evan stops and the agents inexplicably leave him alone for a pit stop along a deserted road. Two members of the Black 23’s show up and are about to execute Evan when Tommy and Rebecca (who’d been in search of the van on Frank’s orders so they could talk to Evan) show up and save him, spiriting him away not only from the gang, but also from the ATF agents.
Luke, Tommy and Evan had been fast friends in their teens enjoying a summer of fun and surfing, until Evan convinced them they should try to steal surfing gear from a local surf shop. Tommy wanted no part of it and had walked away, but Evan talked Luke into going with him, with dire consequences. The shop owner caught them and as they were running away, Luke was shot.Tommy is still angry that instead of staying with their friend, Evan ran away and Luke died on the street, alone. Evan says he was 17 and scared and upset that even after he was caught and sent to prison, Tommy never came to see him and that’s how he ended up with the Black 23’s.
When they arrive at Evan’s hideaway, Tommy’s mistrust is found true, when Evan bugs out with the motorbike, bag of cash, and gun he’d stashed there. He rides away, then he stops to look back and sees Lynch and his agents from the van about to arrive and confront Tommy and Rebecca. Instead of going back to help his friend to make up for not helping in his past, Kyle stays true to form and runs.
The resulting explosion, smoke and confusion allow Tommy and Rebecca to escape and Frank and Kyle get into a gunfight with Lynch and his men.
When one of Lynch’s gunmen is about to shoot Tommy, Evan rushes in and takes the bullet for his friend and dies, but not before he and Tommy have made peace.
Meanwhile, Frank gives Kyle a moment alone with Lynch, at which Kyle proceeds to give Frank his proudest moment. Kyle tells Lynch to remember the name Jennifer Mitchell and then punches Lynch. Never before in the series has Kyle appeared more a part of the team than in this episode.
Frank sent Kyle to record archives for a file on a case called Water Street. Kyle gets angry with Frank when he learns the case involved an Internal Affairs investigation on his father for planting a gun on a killer the department had been after for years. Then Frank points out something Kyle had overlooked in the file, the entire operation, to plant the gun on the killer in that case had been approved by Frank and Billy’s then commanding officer – Joy Lockhart! So, instead of making Kyle think his Dad was dirty, Frank had given him the perfect ammunition to get Lockhart off his back.
What did you think of Faultlines? Do you think Kyle will use the information against Lockhart? Discuss in the comments below.